Report: Sharks' Dubnyk trade talks with Wild 'promising' originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
General manager Doug Wilson appears to be hard at work trying to retool the Sharks' roster.
Earlier this week, The Athletic's Michael Russo reported the Sharks had inquired about Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, and on Friday, TSN's Darren Dreger added that trade conversation between the sides "definitely sounds promising."
Trade discussions between SJ and Minnesota on veteran goalie Devan Dubnyk. More required. Definitely sounds promising, but not done.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 3, 2020
Pierre LeBrun of TSN and The Athletic reported that a deal could take a few days to be completed, if it gets done.
This could take a few days if it ends up getting done. But he’s San Jose’s top goalie target. Idea is a Jones-Dubnyk tandem next season. https://t.co/40wziYOCqB— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) October 3, 2020
San Jose is not on Devan Dubnyk's 10-team No-trade list (10 teams he can't be traded to). So the Wild are free and clear to deal him to San Jose if they wish. But I do think San Jose wants to make sure Dubnyk is comfortable with the move before both teams take it further.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) October 3, 2020
Russo earlier reported that the Sharks also could acquire Wild forward Ryan Donato in a package deal with Dubnyk.
When an NHL rumors Twitter feed speculated Friday that the Sharks could send goalie Martin Jones and restricted free agent Kevin Labanc to the Wild in return for Dubnyk and Donato, Russo chimed in by saying the Sharks could trade a draft pick instead.
or draft pick— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) October 3, 2020
Jones is under contract for the next four seasons and is set to earn $5.75 million each season, so moving that contract could be complicated. Backup Aaron Dell is an unrestricted free agent, so if the Sharks acquire Dubnyk while keeping Jones, the pair would serve as the Sharks' 1-2 punch for the 2020-21 NHL season.
During his pre-draft media availability earlier this week, Wilson told reporters what he wants out of the goalie position next season.
“Having two goaltenders, especially right now during this time, that can run with it for a while if needed [is important],” Wilson said (h/t SanJoseHockeyNow.com).
Dubnyk, 34, had a 12-15-2 record in 30 games this past season. He posted a 3.35 goals against average and an .890 save percentage, both his worst marks in his six years with the Wild.
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But with a 2020-21 base salary of $2.5 million and a cap hit of $4.33 million, Dubnyk is an affordable option for Wilson and the Sharks.
While the details are fluid, it appears there is traction between the Sharks and Wild to work out something. With the 2020 NHL Draft taking place Tuesday and Wednesday, expect a deal to go down around that time.